Murren to Montreux – Switzerland Itinerary

| August 14, 2011

Making our way to Montreux on Lake Geneva

After having a fabulous time in Murren and the Lauterbrunnen Valley, we headed to Montreux on Lake Geneva. Montreux lies on the north east shore of Lake Geneva – a gorgeous location with it’s sparkling alpine lake and breathtaking views. We stayed in a funky hotel called the Tralala in the old town, which is up the hill about ten minutes from the lake. Since Montreux is the home of the famous Montreux Jazz Festival, our hotel displayed larger-than-life pictures and murals of famous performers on the walls and played a wide variety of music in the hallways until bedtime. Our room was blessed with a huge picture of David Bowie. Not quite who I am used to waking up with but the character of the hotel made our stay all that more fun.

The view from the Tralala Hotel in Old Town Montreux

We arrived by train late in the afternoon and were able to walk to our hotel with our bags in tow. The old town has a bunch of curvy roads but my iPhone was able to get us there with a few unplanned detours. Once checked in, we dropped our bags in the room and headed down to the lake for a pre-dinner stroll around town. Down by the lake, we discovered that there was a nice walkway along the lakefront that was lined with flowers, trees and plants from all over the world. In the distance, we could see the Chateau de Chillon, which was on our itinerary for the next day.

Strolling along Lake Geneva

We went from speaking German in the Berner Oberland to speaking French in Montreux. Language were not a significant barrier in Montreux. We had a French dinner the first night at a small restaurant on a dimly lit street in the old town area. It was run by a nice lady that spoke no English. A few carefully selected hand gestures and smiles all around made us feel very welcome. The dinner was fabulous and we felt like we were a part of the neighborhood that night, which is always a treat when we travel internationally.

chateau chillon switzerland

Chateau Chillon Switzerland

One of the main attractions in Montreux besides the Jazz Festival is the Chateau de Chillon. We reached the Chateau via a pleasant 40-minute walk along the lake. Donna an I really enjoyed walking Montreux. It looked like many others were enjoying it as well. People of all shapes, sizes and nationalities were strolling with us living up the views and pleasant weather. During our walk to the Chateau, we admired the steep hillsides surrounding the lake, which were peppered with hotels and houses sporting fanciful Parisian architecture. Montreaux is a relaxing place to visit and the Chateau is worth the visit alone.

Gruyere Cheese Factory Tour

In total, we spent three nights in Montreux, which was just right in my opinion. One of the days we took an excursion on the Chocolate Train. The Chocolate Train is a scenic day trip from  Montreux to the Nestle Factory, the Gruyere cheese factory and the Castle of Gruyères.

Inside the Swiss Chocolate Train

To be honest, I am on the fence about the Chocolate Train. The scenery is great and the visit to the castle is well worthwhile but the trips to the factories are more for carting tourist wallets to the shops at the end of the tour.

Exploring the Castle of Gruyeres

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  1. AutumnLeaves says:

    I’d be like you, Lee – not wanting to miss a beat. That second photo is especially exquisite!

  2. Lee says:

    That’s the spirit Sherry. I totally agree!